Why Become an Ash Lawn Opera Young Artist or Apprentice Singer?

There’s only one month left to apply to become an Ash Lawn Opera Young Artist/Apprentice Singer! Want to know why you should join us? Find out more below!

Perchik (Young Artist Clayton Brown) and Hodel (Young Artist Julia Ebner) in Fiddler on the Roof (2014). Photo by Janet Moore-Coll.

Lots of great performance opportunities

Our Young Artists and Apprentice Singers perform many supporting and comprimario roles in our mainstage productions, as well as cover ALL principal artist roles. In the 2017 Summer Season, they will perform nine parts in Rigoletto from Maddalena and Giovanna, to Marullo and Borsa, as well as important roles in Oklahoma! including Ado Annie, Ali Hakim, and Gertie Cummings. Mainstage performances will be held in the historic Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville and the beautiful new Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre at Virginia Tech. Not only that, but they’ll perform in numerous events throughout the season, including our extremely popular event Opera in the Park and in outreach performances throughout the region! Not only that, but Young Artists and Apprentice Singers receive a stipend and free housing for the summer.

Nellie Forbush (Sharin Apostolou) washes that man right outa her hair in South Pacific. Photo by Janet Moore-Coll.
Young Artists and Apprentice Singers with Nellie Forbush (Sharin Apostolou) in South Pacific (2016). Photo by Janet Moore-Coll.

Work with and learn from an incredible team of singers, conductors, coaches, directors, administrators, and more.

Young Artists and Apprentice Singers work with some of the most talented artists in the industry, and have the opportunity to build mentoring relationships with the artistic staff and more. As a Young Artist or Apprentice Singer, you’ll work alongside principal artists from the Metropolitan Opera and other major companies, and receive private coaching sessions, sing in master classes, and have the opportunity to audition for agents and artistic administrators.

Recent master classes have included: Ken Weiss, Music Administrator at Washington National Opera (WNO); Shawn Jeffery, Vice President of Artist Management at ADA Artists; and Steve Gathman, Head of Music Staff/Chorus Master at WNO; Andy Anderson, conductor and former Artistic Director of Mobile Opera; and John de los Santos, stage director. Recent auditions have included:  Alex Fletcher, President & Artist Manager at Fletcher Artists Management; Scott Guzielek, former Artistic Administration Manager at WNO and current Director of Operations at the Palm Beach Opera; Andrew Jorgensen, Director of Artistic Planning at WNO; Nick Netos, CEO of Alpha Artists; Christina Scheppelmann, General Artistic Director of the Gran Teatre del Liceu and former Director of Artistic Operations at WNO.

2016 Young Artists and Apprentice Singers with Luther Billis (Clayton Brown, YA 2014) in South Pacific. Photo by Janet Moore-Coll.

Gain invaluable experience

Not only did I have an incredible amount of fun with your amazing two casts, but I feel like I learned what it means to be a true professional.2016 Young Artist

Our Young Artists and Apprentice Singers have gone on to have fruitful and busy careers. Recent Young Artists have gone on to perform at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the Dallas Opera,  Des Moines Metro Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival, Gotham Chamber Opera, Kentucky Opera, Merola Opera Program, Opera NEO, Opera Saratoga, Portland Opera, Sarasota Opera, Seagle Music Colony, Shreveport Opera, Virginia Opera, and many more!

The Paramount marquee on a beautiful summer evening in 2014.

Spend a summer in beautiful Charlottesville

Situated at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city of Charlottesville is a beautiful and historic hub for arts and culture. Home to the University of Virginia and Monticello, UNESCO World Heritage Sites designed by Thomas Jefferson, Charlottesville offers a unique experience for visitors and residents alike. Summer in Charlottesville offers incredible opportunities for hiking, enjoying its many local breweries and vineyards, and experiencing living history at important sites like Monticello.

Aerial view of Monticello and Albemarle County.
Aerial view of Monticello.

Become a part of this one-of-a-kind company in a one-of-a-kind city!


You can find out more, including required materials and information on compensation, visit our Performance Opportunities website.

Top photo: Young Artists and Apprentice Singers in the iconic Ascot scene of My Fair Lady (2015). Photo by Natalie Krovetz.